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Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame
Mattel Inc.'s Little People Disney Princess Klip Klop Stable, produced by subsidiary Fisher-Price Inc., stands on display at the company's Get Your Santa Together event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Mattel, Inc., a toy manufacturing company founded in 1945, produces brands that include Fisher Price, Barbie dolls, Monster High dolls, Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, Masters of the Universe, American Girl dolls, board games, WWE Toys, and early-1980s video game systems. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
This photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, shows the The Little People Builders' Load `n Go Wagon, imported by Fisher-Price. The wagon is being recalled because the plastic handles pose a laceration hazard if the child falls on it. The wagon was sold at retail stores nationwide from June 2009 through July 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo, Hasbro's My Little Pony Feature Princess Twilight Sparkle pony is displayed at the American International Toy Fair in New York. Hasbro Inc.'s reports quarterly earnings on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
My Little Pony
Erno Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik's Cube, poses for The Associated Press at Liberty Science Center, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J. The center is hosting an exhibit on Rubik's Cubes which will include a cube made with diamonds that is worth 2.5 million dollars. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Erno Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik's Cube, poses for The Associated Press at Liberty Science Center, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J. The center is hosting an exhibit on Rubik's Cubes which will include a cube made with diamonds that is worth 2.5 million dollars. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A participant solves Rubik's Cube for speed during 3X3X3 Rubik's Cube Megahouse cup championship in Tokyo, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
In this photo made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, Techno Source's new Rubik's TouchCube puzzle, left, is shown next to an original Rubik's cube in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
Delaney Burke,7, slips and slides her way down the Slip N Slide near her house in the Stapleton neighborhood near 28th and Xanthia streets. She and other neighborhood kids cooled off in the hot temps. Temperatures topped 90 degrees today June 4th, 2012 in the metro area. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Sully Martin, 6, slips and slides his way down the Slip N Slide near his house in the Stapleton neighborhood near 28th and Xanthia streets. He and other neighborhood kids cooled off in the hot temps. Temperatures topped 90 degrees today June 4th, 2012 in the metro area. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Water Slip-N-Slide
Slip N Slide
This product image released by Good Housekeeping shows the Playmates Shellraiser toy with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, sold separately. The Playmates Shellraiser has made it onto the Good Housekeeping's annual Best Toys list for 2012. Engineers reviewed hundreds of toys for safety and educational merits. But the true test comes from 140 kids, ages 3 to 13, who play with the top 135 new toys at the magazine's product-testing laboratory in New York. (AP Photo/Good Housekeeping, Marko Metzinger of Studio D)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters walk to the Lego booth at New York Comic Con 2012 at New York's Jacob K. Javits Center, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. The New York Comic Con show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Donatello Chillaxin'
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure at the Nickelodeon booth at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International - Day 2 on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, NOV. 17-19 - FILE - Etch A Sketch still comes in its familiar red rectangle plastic box, but now there's pink and lime-green versions. And a new shape hit the market in September _ a red heart-shaped Etch A Sketch being sold by Avon. Ohio Art Co. began adding colors to the frames about 10 years ago. Since then, there has been a new color, shape or gimmick nearly each year. The current line of "Jelly Colors" will be updated next year. (AP Photo/Ohio Art, handout)
Hasbro Inc.'s Play-Doh logo is seen on an item for sale at a Target Corp. store in Rosemont, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release retail sales data on Oct. 14. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Manassas, UNITED STATES: This 24 May, 2006 image shows a bottle of 'Play-Doh' cologne (C), a fragrance released by Pawtucket, Rhode Island.-based toymaker Hasbro and the Demeter Fragrance Libray, the cologne?s New York manufacturer and distributor, as part of a year-long celebration of the beloved modeling compound's 50th birthday. 'Play-Doh' compound's distinctive aroma will be available in a limited-edition 1-ounce spray bottle priced at 19 USD and a four-ounce (113 gram) bottle for 39.50 USD. A can of Play-Doh costs about 50 cents USD. Signatures of the Play-Doh brand is its scent,? Play-Doh is one of those scents that seems to evoke a very strong emotional response in everyone, because we all remember those good times as kids playing with Play-Doh,' said Mark Crames, CEO of Demeter Fragrance Library. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 12: Play-Doh sits on display in the Hasbro showroom during the International Toy Fair, Monday, Feb. 12, 2007 in New York. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Manassas, UNITED STATES: This 24 May, 2006 image shows a bottle of 'Play-Doh' cologne (R), a fragrance released by Pawtucket, Rhode Island.-based toymaker Hasbro and the Demeter Fragrance Libray, the cologne?s New York manufacturer and distributor, as part of a year-long celebration of the beloved modeling compound's 50th birthday. 'Play-Doh' compound's distinctive aroma will be available in a limited-edition 1-ounce spray bottle priced at 19 USD and a four-ounce (113 gram) bottle for 39.50 USD. A can of Play-Doh costs about 50 cents USD. Signatures of the Play-Doh brand is its scent,? Play-Doh is one of those scents that seems to evoke a very strong emotional response in everyone, because we all remember those good times as kids playing with Play-Doh,' said Mark Crames, CEO of Demeter Fragrance Library. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Barbie and Ken dolls from Mattel are displayed at the American International Toy Fair, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A Snowboarder Barbie is shown at the Mattel exhibit, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at the New York Toy Fair. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Barbie Video Girl Doll is shown at the American International Toy Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in New York. The doll, which is to retail for $50 beginning in July, has a video camera built-in to her necklace and an LCD video screen in her back. Barbie has a USB port in her back so you can playback the video on a computer or TV. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
"Endless Curls" Barbie is displayed at the Mattel booth, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at the American International Toy Fair in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this photo provided by Strong National Museum of Play is a Raggedy Andy doll inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday Nov. 8, 2007. Spanning ancient and modern eras, the Atari 2600 video game system, the kite and Raggedy Andy were chosen for entry into the Strong National Museum of Play's all-star lineup, joining the bicycle, Lionel model trains, Mr. Potato Head and 33 other classic playthings. (AP Photo/Strong National Museum of Play)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 15: A Hasbro Inc. 'Taters of the Lost Ark' Mr. Potato head doll is displayed at the Hasbro New York Toy Fair 2008 in New York, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. The U.S. Toy Industry Association, whose members include Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc., said its board unanimously approved a plan for a new testing system following the recall of tens of millions of Chinese-made toys last year. (Photo by Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Mr. Potato Head toy w. detachable accessories. (Photo by Mario Ruiz/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the game Operation and several return nominees including little green Army men and bubbles.

The hall of fame at The Strong museum in Rochester announced the finalists on Monday. Two winners will be inducted Nov. 6.

Anyone can nominate a toy. An internal museum advisory committee narrows down the list and a national committee of history, toy and education experts then votes in the winners.

Inductees have to be widely recognized, proven to be more than a passing fad and foster learning, creativity or discovery through play.

The other 2014 nominees are: Fisher-Price Little People, My Little Pony, Rubik's Cube, Slip 'N Slide, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Toys and the toy trucks sold each holiday shopping season at Hess gas stations.

The two winners will join last year's honorees, the rubber duck and chess, along with the 51 other toys that have been inducted since the hall was established in 1998.

Other past winners include Etch A Sketch, Play-Doh, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head and the Frisbee.

But things like the cardboard box and stick have also made the hall for inspiring kids to transform them into play things on their own.


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